November 24, 2016
Savings and investment represent a fundamentally prudential aspect of human behaviour. They embody a commitment to a shared future. In this blog, Tim Jackson looks at what tomorrow’s economy will be like and what role investment plays in it.
February 18, 2016
To coincide with the launch of a new All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth, Tim Jackson discusses the continuing relevance of the Club of Rome’s groundbreaking report in today’s context and introduces Limits Revisited, a new review of the debate, co-written with environmental writer Robin Webster.
August 16, 2015
ESRC blog: The case for sustainable prosperity :: Why did you pursue an academic career? I am an ‘accidental academic’, starting my professional life working on a voluntary (and then freelance) basis doing research for environmental organisations like Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, places where sustainability issues were being taken most seriously. At an [...]
October 27, 2015
Materiality and spiritually in Marx, Darwin and Malthus :: I am not quite sure why discussions about Marx elicit such eloquence, but they invariably do. Perhaps it is because, at its best, Marx’s own writing had the same quality. At any rate, John Bellamy Foster’s excellent essay, along with the ensuing discussion, has been no [...]
March 15, 2015
Growth is not the answer to inequality :: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our politicians focused on things that matter, like the kind of society we want to live in, instead of squabbling over TV debates and “empty chairs”? Why couldn’t they be a bit more like actor Michael Sheen, for instance, whose barnstorming defence [...]
January 17, 2013
New economic model needed not relentless consumer demands :: It's four years since my book, Prosperity without Growth, first appeared in English but the world already seems like a different place. One of the most obvious differences is that the conventional vision of social progress as a paradise of endless growth has come under increasing [...]
December 14, 2016
Prosperity isn’t just about earning more and having more, it consists in our ability to participate meaningfully in the life of society. A vital element, Tim Jackson argues, that has gone missing for ordinary people over recent decades. We must question the fundamental structures behind our economies before they will work for everyone. (This blog is posted on the CUSP website).
February 18, 2016
In the first blog of the new series by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, CUSP director Prof Tim Jackson explores the nature of prosperity and the challenge of achieving sustainable prosperity, introducing the CUSP work programme.
Guest blog by Fergus Lyon
December 04, 2015
If looking for alternative measures of prosperity, the concept of Gross National Happiness being explored by Bhutan offers some intriguing insights. This small Himalayan state has hosted a conference on the subject of Gross National Happiness, drawing practitioners, policy makers and academics exploring happiness and wellbeing [...]
August 01, 2015
The case for slower growth. If the rich world aimed for minimal growth, would it be a disaster or a blessing? “ANYONE who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist,” remarked (the economist) Kenneth Boulding. John Stuart Mill devoted an entire chapter of [...]
June 25, 2015
Economics for a full world :: I remember vividly the first time I came across Herman Daly’s work. It was in a crowded upstairs meeting room in London sometime in 1989 during a presentation on the relative costs of different carbon abatement options. Among the slides on display—acetates and overhead projectors in those days—was one [...]
September 23, 2014
The dilemma of growth: prosperity vs economic expansion :: Rethinking prosperity is a vital task because our prevailing vision of the good life – and the economics intended to deliver it – have both come badly unstuck. Financial markets are unstable; inequality is rising; and despite the 500,000 or so people who took to the [...]